Re: Anchoring Under Sail
Found the article generally very good, but have one quibble: The caption for the photo of "Vixen" at anchor mentions (and the pic shows) the snubber running from the end of the bowsprit, a system I've used myself. However the author goes on to say that it eases shock loading on the anchor winch. Presumably he means that he leaves the chain on the winch. This is not good practice - every winch manufacturer's manual I've seen makes it quite clear that the winch is not designed to do this. My own practice has been, once the snubber is taking the weight, to get the chain off the winch and onto a bollard. I now use a slightly different method; a short length of stout line (much stouter than the snubber*) with a large soft-eye at one end and a chain hook at the other. The soft eye is dropped over the bollard, the hook engaged in the chain and the rode slacked enough to take all the weight off the winch. If the snubber should part under stress or chafe through the weight of the boat won't come on the winch. The contraption is permanently over the bollard on "Sirena's" foredeck.
* It should be remembered that the snubber is sacrificial. It should not be of too heavy a line. Too heavy a line also means that the snubber loses some of the benefits of elasticity.
I've gone to The Dark Side these days, but used to be a fan of the running anchor drop when anchoring under sail. A while back someone showed me a video of a bunch of schooners (the impression the sight gave me was of a big fleet, but there were at least 5 or 6) coming in to anchor in a small port. I believe this was in the NE USA, but just may have been in Scandinavia. At any rate the schooners came in one by one downwind, and each in turn dropped its anchor on the run, then gybed, snubbed the chain, dropped the mainsail, finishing up with the stern within line heaving distance of the quay. Impressive if just one boat; with several in sequence it was VERY impressive. Would like to see the vid again, if anyone knows of it and where it's available.
Like other posters above, I too hope follows up with an article on sailing the anchor out.
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